Monday, 31 October 2011

Friday 25th November

Christmas Fayre

Cats Protection invites you to come along to our annual Christmas Fayre on Friday 25th November, 4pm onwards.

Fun for all the family - raffle, Santa's grotto, CP merchandise, bric-a-brac, Christmas goodies and much more!

£2 entry, children free.

We hope to see you there.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Mia update

An adorable family
I captured this image of Mia and her babies a few days ago. I thought it was such a sweet photo so I just had to share it with all of you. The whole family are really well and Mia is a fab mum. 

The kittens have grown up so fast since birth and are now four weeks old. They all look so content snuggled up and Mia was purring rather loudly too!

Black Cat Awareness Day

A nationwide success

We are very happy to announce that Black Cat Awareness day has been a huge success for Cats Protection. At our centre the day was very busy with potential adopters viewing the cats. On the day Cookie, Leona and Poppy were reserved.

Cookie and Poppy you may remember from previous blog posts. Cookie is a gorgeous, sleek black cat who had a huge hernia. She recently had an operation to correct this. She also went to IW Radio with Jo and Holly on Tuesday to promote the day, so the fact that she was reserved on Black Cat Awareness day is fantastic! We are thrilled to say that her pre-home visit was successful and she is going to a loving home very soon. Well done Cookie! Also Poppy a young, cheeky tortie girl was reserved and she went to her wonderful new home today. Poppy came into the centre after being hit by a car. She had a fractured pelvis and she also had to have her tail amputated. She is now doing very well and we are all delighted that she has found a home.

Across the country a social media campaign took place and black cats were popping up everywhere on facebook, twitter, flickr and all over the web. So on behalf of Cats Protection we would like to thank everyone who got involved. Black cats really are something special and we definitely got them noticed yesterday. 

To find out more about adopting from us please visit our website, thank you.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Tail amputation

A successful operation

Late last night we had a call from Medina Vets to say that they had a cat that had a serious tail injury. We agreed to take her in and it turned out that the tail injury was very nasty and the mid section of her tail had been completely de-gloved. We have decided to name her Cupcake, she is a gorgeous, young, tabby and white female.
The decision was made that it was in Cupcake's best interest that her tail should be amputated. Fiona our vet has said that Cupcake probably got her tail caught in something, panicked and struggled to break free and this is when the damage was done. Fiona amputated the tail this morning as she was already on-site for a pre-arranged neutering session.

We are happy to say that the operation was a success and Cupcake is recovering well. You can really see from the photos the extent of the injury and what a fantastic job Fiona has done. Hopefully Cupcake will start to feel a lot better soon. We will keep you updated on her progress. For now she is receiving lots of TLC and some well earned rest and recovery.

Monday, 24 October 2011

Heart Murmurs

A normal, happy life

We have had a lot of cats and kittens with heart murmurs recently. It has unfortunately meant that some potential adopters have overlooked the cats with this condition. Hopefully this blog post will help clear up all the misunderstandings.

The heart is a muscle that pumps blood around the body, providing it with oxygen and nutrients. The normal pumping and shutting of valves in the heart causes the 'lub-dub' heart sounds that the vet listens for with a stethoscope.

A heart murmur means that, in addition to normal heart sounds, the vet can also hear. abnormal sounds. 

Although a murmur can signify a problem with the heart, many healthy cats can have a heart murmur without there being any significant problem with the heart's function. The cat's body still receives all the blood and, therefore, the oxygen and nutrients it needs without causing any physical problems.

To find out more about heart murmurs please visit our website

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Cryptorchidism in Cats

A complex operation 

Last Thursday we had a neutering session here at the adoption centre and one of the cats being neutered had a special condition called Cryptorchidism. Cryptorchidism is a condition characterized by incomplete or non-existent descent of the testes. The testes normally descend into the scrotum while an animal is still very young. For cats, the testes have generally dropped into place before birth. When the descent of one, or both, of the testes does not take place, the testis that has not descended is retained somewhere in the lower part of the body. 

This abnormality can occur in almost all breeds, with the right and left testes failing to descend at equal frequency. One-sided failure to descend is more common than both sides failing to descend. 

This condition is rarely associated with pain or any other sign of disease. Retained testes are sterile and have a greater tendency to develop cancer. Neutering has many health benefits, as well as helping to reduce the number of unwanted cats in the UK.
Neutered male cats are:
  • Less likely to roam, reducing the risk of them being run over
  • Less likely to fight, reducing the risk of them getting injured
  • Less likely to contract serious diseases such as feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) or feline leukaemia virus (FeLV) through fighting
  • Less likely to display territorial behaviour such as spraying
  • Unable to develop tumours of the testicles

The cat in question a lovely ginger and white male named Stig had seen our vet Fiona before a few weeks early and we noticed that one of his testes had not dropped. He came back on Thursday to be neutered. This was a quieter session as it this operation takes longer than a regular castration. When Stig arrived we noticed that both of his testes were now retained inside the body. Fiona went ahead and operated on the day.

The photos above were taken during the surgery. We are happy to say that Stig has recovered very well. He can now lead a happy normal life and his owners will have peace of mind knowing that he can now no longer develop testicular cancer.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Do you love Cats?

Help take us to Christmas Number One!

An exciting new version of The Cure’s much-loved track The LoveCats is available for download; now with added feline factor!

All funds raised from sales of the single are going straight to the Farnham and Wey Valley Cats Protection Branch in the South East Region. 

The track was created and recorded by musician and producer Louis DeWray at Earth Terminal Studios, and masterminded by Cats Protection volunteer, Louisa Bird.

To buy a copy please visit this website
The minimum purchase price is 79p, and there is a suggested donation of £1. The price can be edited during checkout, so it’s your choice whether you pay 79p, £1.79, or want to make an additional donation at the same time.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Good News for Poppy - No Operation Needed

  X-ray Shows Pelvis Mended

Poppy was not looking forward to the 19th October as this would be the day she would have her hip operation. Poppy was involved in a tragic road traffic accident in August. She had already lost her tail due to the RTA and has been having cage rest for the last 8 weeks. But the x-ray this morning showed that Poppy has been healing on her own. New bone has fused the hip joint back together and her pelvis has healed even if it is a little off centre. One back leg may always be slightly longer than the other. She may be a bit wobbly sometimes on her back legs but Poppy doesn't mind and nor do we.

On returning to the centre this afternoon Poppy was certainly on a high with the good news. She decided to splash out her water with both front paws and play with the water. After Kevin (volunteer) dried it all off and changed the wet bedding she did it again. So Poppy was let out of her cat pen for a walk and a play to calm her down. Once more back in her pen you guessed it - Poppy caused a right mess again! Oh dear what are we going to do with you. Good luck Holly you'll have a lot of cleaning up to do tonight!

Monday, 17 October 2011

Thursday 27th October

Black Cat Awareness Day

Black cats are often overlooked and remain in the care of Cats Protection for longer than other cats. So this is why Cats Protection have decided to have a Black Cat Awareness Day on Thursday 27th October. There will be a social media campaign on that day but what we really need is your help to make it successful.

Visit us at to find out how you can help make a difference. 

Molly's family

The kittens are now six weeks old!

We have been following the progress of Molly and her four very cute kittens. We simply can't believe how fast the time has gone since Molly gave birth. They are now six weeks old and growing at a rapid rate. 

On Sunday it was time for the kittens to have their first course of worming treatment. So they all had a health check by Cat Care Assistant Holly. They were also weighed and each had half a kitten milbemax tablet. Milbemax is a broad spectrum wormer and helps to treat and prevent tapeworm, roundworm and heartworm.

When Molly first came into the centre we treated her for worms also. She had a single dose of panacur paste which is another multi- worming product that is administering orally in the form of a paste. This meant that when the kittens suckled from mum for the first few weeks they were already receiving protection from worms via mums milk. 

When the kittens are nine weeks old we will treat them for fleas as well. This makes sure that the kittens are worm and flea free when they go to their new homes. 

You can really see from the photographs how much they have grown. The kittens are now almost fully weaned and are really starting to tuck into kitten food. They are much more independent and spend more time separate from mum. The are also extremely active and they love to explore their new world around them. 

Look out for the next instalment of their diary. Soon enough they will be old enough to be re-homed. 

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Billy - young and handsome

Billy needs a home!

Are you looking for a cat that is friendly, affectionate, has good charms and would suit a family?

If so, I am the right cat for you! My name is Billy and I am looking for a new home to call my own. I am such an affectionate cat and I don't understand why I am still here. I am only 2 years old, and I am clearly a very handsome boy! I have seen so many other cats come and go, it really feels like it should be my turn now!

Why not come along to the centre to meet me? I promise you won't be dissapointed! Please pick me =^.^=

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Wally finds his forever home

Wally finds happiness at last

Wally (or Mr Wallis) finally went off to his new home in September after waiting 9 months for that special person to come along and pick him. 

He was given a bedroom to himself in his new home but like most cats he had a mind of his own and decided to chose the other bedroom as his bolt hole.

Wally is getting used to the other cats as you can see in the photo. After a restricted 9 months he is enjoying going outside and happily uses the cat flap to come and go and also loves a snuggle in the evening. 

Wally is very vocal and likes to announce his arrival. He makes his new owners laugh when he thinks he's hiding under a table but they can clearly see him!

We are all thrilled he has settled in so quickly, well done Wally.

If you have adopted a cat from the Isle of Wight Adoption Centre we would love to hear from you. Please get in contact with us with your success stories. Please contact by e-mail or alternatively through our facebook page Thank you =^.^=

Mia and her kittens

Happy family

Mia gave birth to four gorgeous kittens just over two weeks ago. The whole family seem very content and are doing extremely well.

At two weeks old the kittens have grown considerably since birth. The kittens have now opened their eyes, their weight has also doubled and their sense of smell is starting to develop. The rate in which they grow is truly remarkable.
When Mia first arrived at the centre she was quite a nervous cat. Since having kittens she has become a lot more confident and really enjoys all the fuss she receives from the staff. She obviously trusts us now and feels relieved after the ordeal of giving birth.

We are confident that Mia and her kittens, when they are ready will find homes easily. They are all such cuties! Mia's kittens will be ready to go to new homes at nine weeks old.

We will keep you updated on how Mia and her babies are doing.

Friday, 14 October 2011

Kitten Development

Week 1 

Kittens are born blind and deaf. Their eyes are closed and their ears folded down.
In the first week of life kittens basically sleep and eat. When they are awake, they stay close to the mother.
Newborn kittens are unable to regulate their body temperature and rely on mum to keep warm. The kitten's environment must be kept at a constant temperature to avoid either hypothermia or hyperthermia.
The umbilical cord remains attached for the first 3 days. At birth they usually weigh between 90 - 100 grams.
Toileting is stimulated by the mother. After her kittens have fed, she will lick their belly and genital area, eating any faeces and urine.

Week 2 

By the second week their eyes are beginning to open although their vision is not very good at this stage. Do not force their eyes open as it could result in damage. Young kittens are vulnerable to eye infections, so keep a watch for any signs of infection such as crustiness or white/yellow secretion. All kittens have blue eyes at this stage.
Weight gain is around 7-10 grams a day, and by the end of the second week the kitten should have doubled it's weight.
The sense of smell is developing. They will often have a preference for a particular nipple.

Week 3 

By three weeks the kitten is becoming more aware of his litter-mates. Their sense of smell is continuing to develop. It is around the three week mark that kittens begin to shakily move about. Some kittens will try to walk and explore.
By three weeks their ears will be erect. Their baby teeth begin to show. The sense of smell is well developed.
They can now purr. 

Week 4 

The sense of smell is fully mature.
The kittens are becoming more and more active and will be interacting with their litter-mates.
The mother is still grooming her offspring, but they are also able to groom themselves.
Their eyesight is improving, although it will be a few more weeks before it is fully developed.  The sense of hearing is now well developed.
It is at this time that the mother will begin to leave her kittens for short periods of time.
At this stage, you can provide a small bowl of water for kittens to drink from.

Week 5 

The sight is fully developed at 5 weeks.
The weaning process can begin around 5 weeks of age. Not all kittens will take to food immediately, so patience is important. Introduce a small amount initially. You can introduce solids either by placing a small amount of food on your finger  or in a cat bowl.
Kittens are much more graceful on their feet at this stage and are exploring a lot more. Stalking and pouncing their litter-mates.
They may start to use the litter tray, although you will likely find some accidents still.  Provide them with a small litter tray, make sure it has litter which is safe for young kittens to use (and possibly eat).

Weeks 6 - 8  

The kittens are extremely active. The mother will have longer periods on her own.
The role of the human is to take an active part in the socialisation process without intruding, especially in the very early days. Take the time to not only play with your kitten, but also offer plenty of cuddles and familiarise it with being handled in general. This includes the paws, ears and mouth...which will make basic health checks by a vet, medicating and claw trimming easier as the kitten has been brought up to accept this.
At this stage, kittens should be eating four small meals a day and by 8 weeks should be eating mostly solids. They should have almost all of their baby teeth by now. At 8 weeks kittens can be micro-chipped.

Weeks 9 - 12

Kittens can have their 1st vaccination and health check by the vet. At 12 weeks old kittens can have their 2nd vaccination. Once the vaccination course is complete they will be covered for a whole year. The vaccination protects them against feline panleukopenia
and feline leukaemia and against respiratory diseases caused by feline rhinotracheitis virus, feline calicivirus and feline Chlamydophila felis. At this stage kittens are independent from their mother and ready to be re-homed.

Queenie and her family

A brilliant mum

Just over two weeks ago heavily pregnant mum to be Queenie gave birth to five tiny kittens. It really is surprising how fast they grow up and at two weeks old you can really see how much they have developed from birth.

Queenie has been an excellent mum so far, after all she has done it all before! We are also making sure that Queenie has plenty of food as she has five babies to feed as well as herself. As you can see from the photograph the kittens have doubled in size in the last few weeks so obviously mum is feeding them very well!

We have also started to socialise the kittens now that they are over two weeks old. This will get them used to different people and new experiences. Queenie has been receiving lots of attention as well.

Soon enough the kittens will be walking around and then before we know it they will be weaned onto kitten food. We will keep you updated on how this very adorable family are doing.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

Staff Training Day

Adoption centre closed 20th Oct

Due to a staff training day the adoption centre will be closed all day on Thursday 20th October. 

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.  

Normal opening hours will resume as of Friday 21st. We are open from 11am-3pm.

Homing Success

Long stay cats find new homes

A few of the lucky ones over the last few weeks have been Tia, Toby & Eddie, Holly and Dexter.

We currently have over 100 cats and kittens in need of loving homes. Some of them have been waiting for too long already. Old ladies Winnie & Molly and Kirsty are becoming depressed as no one seems to notice them. Poor Genie has become frustrated and just wants to be loved. Please help us find homes for these lovely girls. Can you find a special place in your heart for them? Please visit our website to find out more about them.

Please get in contact with us if you are interested in adopting one of our girls. Our telephone number is 01983 562609.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Cookie Update

Feeling much better

Just a quick update to let you all know that Cookie is doing really well after her hernia op, and must feel so much more comfortable without that big lump.

She is very playfull and loves attention and is now ready to find herself her loving home. If you are interested in adopting Cookie please feel free to come and meet her.

The adoption centre is open daily from 11am-3pm. Our address is 122 Marlborough Road, Ryde. Our telephone number is 01983 562609. 

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Cookie has surgery

Cookie's Hernia operation

You may remember us telling you in a previous post about Cookie and her Hernia. Well today was the big day! Our vet Fiona decided to spey her and fix the hernia at the same time in an opertaion lasting about an hour. We split her from her kittens yesterday to give her a night on her own, and she loved having a bed all to herself!

As this was such an interesting case, Fiona let us come and have a quick look at the hole that the Hernia was protruding out from, and we managed to take a picture of it! The hole itself was very small, and we were all so surprised at the amount of her intestines sticking out from it. To fix it back in place, Fiona had to make the hole slightly bigger, so she cut it open a bit more making space to put everything back in place. After the Hernia was fixed, it was time to go ahead and do the spey, and then sew her back up!

The operation went really well, and Cookie is now recovering in one of our op cages. We will keep a close eye on her to make sure she is ok, and give her lots of TLC.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

New Babies arrive at CP

Queenie and Mia give birth at last

Congratulations go to our lovely Mum cats Queenie and Mia who gave birth on Wednesday and Thursday. Queenie who had gotten so huge started things off on Wednesday afternoon and by 5.30pm had produced three gorgeous kittens. Two more followed in the evening. Queenie looked relieved when it was all over. The poor girl had only recently had kittens four months ago. The photo on the left shows Queenie with her five tiny babies.

Not to be outdone, Mia who we didn't think was quite due yet started labour on Thursday morning. She soon produced four beautiful kittens herself. The photo on the right shows Mia and her four new born kittens. What a manic kitten season we are having here at the centre!

Both Mums and litters are just adorable and are doing really well. We think these Mummy cats are amazing to go through so much stress and strain at such a young age.

We will keep you updated on how these two families are doing.